According to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of investigation, there are around 700,000 incidents of motor vehicle theft in the United States every year. Out of these hundreds of thousands of thefts per year, multiple cities in the state of California regularly feature among the top 10 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas for motor vehicle theft. If you don’t think you’re at risk of being victimized by car thieves, think again. Car thieves are relentless, and motivated, to steal any and every vehicle they can get their hands on.
You Can do Something About It:
Nonetheless, just because bad guys exist doesn’t mean you’re helpless to protect your cherished property from them. It isn’t always possible to predict when a car thief will strike, but it is possible to prevent thefts from happening by taking a few common-sense precautions to keep your car safe. The important thing is to actually try to secure your car at all times. This means being conscious about the state you leave your car in both as you drive it, and when it’s unattended. Here are a few tips on how to protect your car from criminals:
1. Roll up your windows and lock your car at all times. If a thief doesn’t even have to lift a finger in order to break and enter, your property can get stolen without the slightest evidence of intrusion.
2. Never leave your engine running if you aren’t seated behind the wheel. Anyone, criminal or otherwise, can drive of with your car if the engine is on and idle.
3. Keep your keys on your person as much as possible. Don’t abandon your keys in the ignition, inside garages, under rocks or in hidden boxes.
4. Declutter your car and keep your valuables concealed. If the materials you carry in your car can’t fit in the glove-box, then store them in your trunk.
5. Don’t park your car in secluded areas. Always seek out foot-traffic, streetlights, venue entrances, or other such publicly accessible places to park.
6. Install antitheft GPS tracking devices in your car. Even when a car is stolen, you’ll be able to find where it is at all times based on the tracker.
7. Document and file all the serial and registration numbers associated with your vehicle. At the very least, it’s important to be able to produce your VIN and License Plate number on-demand to the police if anything happens.
Regardless of whether you drive a sleek supercar, or a seasoned station wagon, chances are you care a great deal about your vehicle. Cars are much more than just a way to get from Point A to Point B. Cars represent ! freedom. The represent the ability to decide where you go in life, and how you get there. This is why it’s important to make sure that no criminal can easily steal your car on a whim. Every little precaution counts. For more information, visit any of our offices or give us a call at 1-888-309-4545 to find out how Adriana’s Traffic School can help you stay safe on the road. We got you covered!